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Revisiting Maintenance Plan

Monday, March 18, 2013

I dug out my original plan for a Maintenance FANS exercise, but realized I was doing a lot different. Or, there was stuff I hadn't done.

Self monitoring: I keep a spreadsheet of my daily calories burned (out of fitbit plus 350 for nursing) versus calories eaten. At first I updated it daily, but it's a couple of times a week as I've gotten to trust the process more and my weight has stabilized.

Food: I dropped formal calorie cycling and just set my calorie range to top out at my average daily calories burned. I do this because I'm a compulsive eater so if you give me a range I top it out. I get 6 freggies a day pretty consistently and over 8 cups of water. I watch my protein to make sure I am in the range since I've moved to smaller portions of protein overall. I'm in the habit of less added fat, so that's seldom over 30%. I don't really watch it on the tracker the way I do protein.

Fitness: I like to get 7,000 steps a day. That usually takes a bit of extra effort. I've mostly worked my pull-up on strength days (3 a week) but I'd like to get back to push-ups and core, which fell by the wayside when I broke my toe. I haven't done Tai chi like I wanted to, but I don't know if now is the time to add that.

Stress management: my sleep is improving and I've been going to a face to face recovery meeting. I'm getting refocused on my writing goal. Maintenance research is a great new hobby for me. I'm checking in with teams and doing SparkCoach. I was off SparkCoach for a couple of weeks and some interesting things came of that.

Looking ahead I will be weaning the toddler in a few weeks so that's going to be interesting. I guess I'll just have to track it during the shift.

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